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Outdoors!

Get outdoors! Most of our time is spent outdoors. There’s always something to do.

  • hike
  • bike
  • paddle – canoe and kayak
  • fish
  • hunt
  • wild harvest / forage
  • camping
  • geocaching
  • letter boxing
  • garden
  • wildlife observation
  • bird watching

What do you do outdoors?

Harlequin Duck Tour

Harlequin Duck Tour

Harlequin Duck Tour It was snowing and windy. White caps broke around the lobster boats in Stonington. Steve, Taylor and I were invited by Tammy and Dennis to go on the Harlequin Duck Tour with their birding group. Previous plans for the day fell through and when I accepted the invitation, I thought this plan would, too. On a boat out to see in the snow with the wind and the waves and…were we crazy? I didn’t start to get…

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Big Wild Radio – February 10, 2017

Big Wild Radio – February 10, 2017

We’re going fishing in the February 10, 2017 podcast of Big Wild Radio Show. Gundy talks fishing with Alton Jones, Jr.  Then, walleye on Mille Lacs with Dean Hanson of Agate Bay Resort, and fishing in south central Wisconsin with Jim O’Brien of Dancing With Walleyes Fishing Guide Service. And in On The Fire, we’re making Chicken Marsala. powered by podcast garden Save

Wooly Bear Predicts Winter – Or Does He?

Wooly Bear Predicts Winter – Or Does He?

Woolly Bear Predicts Winter? This woolly bear predicted a cold snowy winter for 2015/16. So did Farmers Almanac. We had cold weather because this is Maine and you know…winter. We had little snow though, never enough at once to snowshoe in the woods and deep enough for the snowmobiles only one weekend. About half the normal 100 inches of snow fell. There were a few days below 0° but there were more days in the 40°s and 50°s than 0°….

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Autumn Walk in the Woods

Autumn Walk in the Woods

Autumn Walk in the Woods Two or three mornings a week I take a walk to the food plot and into the woods to check the game cameras. We seldom set eyes on the animals we share our land with but get to see them in pictures the cameras provide us. We’re looking for bucks now because archery season is open and rifle season opens in a few weeks, but there aren’t any. This week the “yahoos” sauntered through –…

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Campfire Cooking Tips & Hints

Campfire Cooking Tips & Hints

Campfire Cooking Campfire cooking has the same effect as having someone else cook a meal for me – it tastes better! The combination of cast iron, wood smoke in the air, and the great outdoors naturally go together. Everyone can learn to cook on a campfire. This is a workshop I teach with kids. Start simple and add new dishes as you get comfortable. It’s easiest to start with wet meals that are difficult to burn. Soup is one of…

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Fishing Isn’t Only About Fish

Fishing Isn’t Only About Fish

Fishing Isn’t Only About Fish It was hot Wednesday, 88° when Steve got home at 5:30 pm. He called on his way home. “What’s for supper?” He suggested something simple like sandwiches because we were going fishing. Tuna sandwiches and drinks were in the cooler, the cooler in the boat, the boat trailer on the truck, and we were ready to pull out when bad news arrived via Steve’s phone. He made a few phones call and then became quiet….

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When Homesteaders Vacation

When Homesteaders Vacation

When Homesteaders Vacation Where do homesteaders vacation? We’re surrounded by lakes, ponds and streams that provide plenty of fishing and paddling. We live in Maine, Vacationland. Going somewhere means losing our peace and quiet and privacy because few places are as secluded as our house. We talked about going to fish one of the Great Lakes in New York but didn’t want to spend that kind of money with me being 99% unemployed. We chose Fish River Lodge in Eagle…

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Riding Backwoods Gravel Roads

Riding Backwoods Gravel Roads

Riding Backwoods Gravel Roads The weather didn’t cooperate with our plans to fish all weekend. It rained all three days of the long weekend but started to clear early Monday afternoon. “Take a ride and look for turkeys,” Steve asked? Ehh…I wasn’t really interested since the turkeys are hard to come by. Driving around looking for something we’d probably not see wasn’t appealing but I did like, and always do like the idea of going for a ride. Shotgun in…

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Out n About in Mid May

Out n About in Mid May

Out n About – Five on Friday This hasn’t been the greatest week ever but it hasn’t been terrible either. I had oral surgery on Tuesday, something I’ve put off too long, am glad is over, and wish I hadn’t done. I’m glad I did but gees this is a pain literally and figuratively. I’ve been indoors most of the week but did manage to get out n about a little. I did a lot of cooking this week. Fiddleheads…

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Spring Scenery – It’s getting greener a little at a time

Spring Scenery – It’s getting greener a little at a time

Spring Scenery I’m joining in on Five On Friday with a week of spring scenery. I’m chosen five highlights or activities of my week. If you’d like to join in you can find the information at the Five on Friday link. We’ve had beautiful weather, okay weather, and cold, wet, damp, uncomfortable weather this week. I started my week at a writing retreat in Grand Lake Stream. Sunrises were stunning. It was cold enough on morning to wake to frozen…

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